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Windy weather brings problems

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The windy weather is causing travel problems.

There are speed limits on the the Britannia and Cleddau Bridges. The latter is closed to high sided vehicles.

One lane is closed in both directions on the Severn Bridge and there's a speed limit of 40mph.

Meanwhile a tree blocked the main road between North and South Wales, the A470, at Ganllwyd near Dolgellau in Gwynedd but the road's now been reopened.

Elsewhere the A484 is blocked because of a fallen tree between Adam Street and the B4332 at Llechryd in Ceredigion.

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Support for new motorway tested in Senedd vote

There's no agreement on the best solution to congestion on the M4 around Newport Credit: PA

Conservative AMs will force a vote in the Senedd today on whether there should be a review of the Welsh Government's plan to build a new motorway south of Newport to relieve pressure on the existing M4.

The £1 billion project is highly controversial, both because of its cost and because of the environmental impact on the Gwent Levels wetlands. Some business groups prefer the idea of upgrading the existing Southern Distributor Road to a motorway, arguing that it would be a cheaper and quicker solution.

That's angered residents who live near the distributor road who fear the noise and pollution that might be caused by a motorway. Now the Conservatives' transport spokesman, Byron Davies, says he's not convinced that a full motorway is required and that more modest improvements might be enough to relieve pressure on the M4.

It doesn't have to be a motorway.

– Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies AM

That's roughly in line with what the Liberal Democrats have been arguing, while Plaid Cymru oppose spending such a major part of the transport budget on just one road scheme.

There's also been opposition from some Labour AMs, including two former ministers. So it would appear that most Assembly Members at least have doubts about the project. The Welsh Government has already conceded that construction work won't get the go-ahead before the 2016 Assembly election.

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RNLI rescues along Welsh coast 'at highest since 2006'

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The number of people rescued by Welsh RNLI lifeboats in 2014 is at its highest since 2006, statistics out today show.

The RNLI charity has today announced 1,244 people were rescued in 2014 - an 8% increase on the previous year.

Rhyl was the busiest lifeboat station in north Wales and the second busiest of all the RNLI's 30 lifeboat stations.

The volunteer crew launched 61 times and rescued a total of 73 people.

The busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl, with 73 launches.

'We are definitely seeing more people out and about visiting the beautiful Welsh coastline, whether to walk the coastal paths or take part in more adventurous activities.

'Our message to the public has always been to visit the coast as a group, rather than go it alone. Consequently, more people were rescued than ever before.

'Instead of attempting to bring themselves to safety, people are recognising the need to dial 999 much quicker and as a result our volunteer crews have been exceptionally busy.'

– Nicola Davies, RNLI

Machinery failure remains the most popular cause of a lifeboat launch with 230 launches of this nature in 2014.

The RNLI advises and encourages people to check their equipment before setting off, especially if it has not been used for long periods.

People becoming cut off by the tide was also a common reason for the launch of a lifeboat, with 130 call-outs to this type of incident during the year.

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